Arsenal will have ‘really good summer’ if they land these two targets

Former Gunner Alan Smith has claimed that Arsenal’s summer transfer window will have been ‘really good’ if they can land both Youri Tielemans and Lisandro Martinez.

We have already moved to bring in Fabio Vieira, Gabriel Jesus, Marquinhos and Matt Turner this summer, and currently seem to be showing no signs of slowing down after attempting to sign Raphinha and Lisandro Martinez, while we are also believed to be in the market for a central midfielder.

Former forward Smith claims that adding both Leicester’s Tielemans and Ajax’s Lisandro would be the making of a ‘really good summer’.

“Tielemans is an excellent player, and hopefully Arsenal can get that one over the line because they’ve been linked with him for a long time,” Smith is quoted by the Leicester Mercury as stating.

“I’m sure they’ve been talking to Leicester and to the player’s agent for a long time as well. So that one would be a big boost.

“Raphinha looks dead in the water, and that’s a shame, but if they can get Tielemans and (Lisandro) Martinez – on top of their other signings – that’s a really good summer.”

Our squad appears to be building nicely at present, but there is certain players that we need to be looking to shift also. Nicolas Pepe’s time at the Emirates is surely coming to an end, and a replacement for him in the squad should also be on the agenda to really complete the squad for me.

How many more first-team or squad signings do you think we need to complete the squad?

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24 Comments

  1. Please sign Youri Tielemans for Aresenal he is the exact player that we need to bost our midfield

  2. Martinez as a DM seems sound, but appears too slow to play LB in the PL, and don’t get me started about a 5’9 CB in the PL.

    He will either get bullied or rack up cards, but I don’t see the “Butcher of Amsterdam” being any sort of force at CB.

  3. Smith is being naive. We will sign neither of these players IMO! IF we were really intereted in Tielemans, then by now we would and could have signed him. The fact that we have not done so, telLs me we do not wish to.
    hE IS BEING USED AS A USEFUL DECOY FOR ANOTHER AS YET HIDDEN FROM RUMOURS PLAYER, im
    Likewise MARTINEZ, WHO AT A LOWER PRICE WE MAY WELL HAVE BOUGHT.

    BUT THE PRICE IS MORE THAN WE ARE WILLING TO PAY THOUGH IT SUITS US TO LET FOLKS BELIEVE WE ARE STILL INTERESTED .
    BUT AT THE PRICE THEY WANT, WE ARE NOT GOING TO PAY IT. THAT IS PLAIN.

  4. Does Raphinha fall into this decoy category?

    Again, I wonder how much Arsenal really have to spend.

    I read that Arteta might keep Bellerin as Tommy’s back-up.

    I have even read that the wee leprechaun Torreira may be brought back into the squad.

    If we keep Soares we have cover for both full-backs, cover for the DM, and since we probably won’t be able to sell Pepe, we will still have cover for Saka.

    I guess the dream team have decided – if you can’t sell them, then keep them and play them.

    So, we don’t really need any more players, we are covered in all areas!!!!

    Cynical of Sydenham

    1. JW, No he does not I think we did want him but only at the value we put on him and no more But IMO he was never a decoy. Tielemans IS though AND though I think wedid want Martinez at OUR clubs value, it now suits us to pretend we are still in for him when we know he will becoming. He is NOW therefore, another decoy.

      Just my take, or as NY_G always says “IJS”!

  5. I think It’d all depend on who we are able to ship out. If the club is unable to dispose of the players marked as dead weight, we may not be able to do any new transfer business. The club would probably be having an eye on the wage bill and all that.
    But if the likes of Mari, Maitland-Niles , Torreira, Bellerin, etc can find new homes to bring in some fresh cash, then I’d expect at least two more new players – a lef sided defender and a winger

  6. Bro I think Torrera is very good for Arsenal.
    He’s got a very good marking abilities. Could be of great help in the midfield.
    He showed his worth at Florentine.

  7. Surprised with Smith’s take on Raphina and Martinez as they are not priorities to me.As for Tielemans, while he is a very decent central midfielder, he is similar to Partey and Lokonga when ,what we need is someone with a physical presence combined with pace and energy.Tielemans has skill and energy but does not have the other assets I mentioned.

  8. I really wish Arsenal could sign Martinez, for his energy, poise, defensive experience and aggression. Furthermore, he is an intelligent player. To top it all, he wants to be at Arsenal.

    I do not like Tielemans! Not because he is not good but because we already command players of his calibre in the squad.

    But again, we know Arsenal are done signing players. Even at the moment, they believe they have done a lot and makes me cry.

    With all love to Gabriel Jesus, we already have a better striker in Martinelli. What I expected was a player everyone will see and freak out at their defence and Gabriel Jesus is not that guy.

    Dybala is both football efficient a choice and economically viable. With a decent project proposal, he is more than delighted to be at Arsenal.

  9. I think Tielemanns would make sense in our squad because we really do need him in the midfield. And besides, I love the player himself….. If we could even get the Martinez deal done, then we are good to go. But I think Man U is leading the race for his signature.

  10. I need arsenal to buy Wilfred zaha and forget Nicholas pepe,need his experience and skills in arsenal

  11. If Tielemanns comes, Xhaka will have to go.
    Arsenal need to sign Lisandro Martinez by all means, he covers left back, defend and also midfield. Utility player. If possible to sign
    both Tielemanns and Lisandro, they should go ahead and do so. That will be the most perfect summer transfer for Arsenal

  12. Why is no one mentioning Gnabry! He is more of a better player than and Wilfred Zaha (Goal scoring, Experience etc)

  13. We need more two players inform of Tielemans and Martinez on the side of wider player we should maintain Nelson as backup for Saka,

  14. This time atleast the management has same seriousness the like of Gabriel jesus he ll push us ahead according to his impact. Last season we lost the forth place b’se we lacked striker

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